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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 26: The Devil In the Dark [VHS]


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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: Joseph Pevney
  • Writers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry
  • Producers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry, Robert H. Justman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 1994
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213307
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There's an emergency on Janus VI, a seemingly uninhabited planet rich in metals and rare minerals crucial to Federation operations. There's a lot of money to be made by the mining contractor involved, but there's a swift-moving, unseen monster roaming the snaky tunnels of Janus's interior, turning miners into acid-drenched goo. Fifty men have died, and it's up to the Enterprise to find the alien culprit and defuse the lynch-mob mentality spreading among the paranoid miners. Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to initiate the detective work, leading Spock to quickly conclude that the thousands of silicone balls mysteriously strewn about the planet's deepest caves might have something to do with the reasons behind the atrocities. Written by series guru Gene L. Coon and directed by mainstay Joseph Pevney (who alternated directorial chores with Marc Daniels during the show's second season), "The Devil in the Dark" is a breathlessly paced episode reflecting a delightful variety of cross-genre influences--Westerns, creature features, gritty noir. Add one of the most effective and moving instances of the Enterprise's search for new life on Star Trek (plus McCoy's infamous complaint, "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer"), and this is a memorable program indeed. --Tom Keogh

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Kirk and Spock beam down to investigate when an unknown monster roaming the tunnels of Janus VI kills more than fifty miners.

TREK TRIVIA
This episode features one of McCoy's most famous lines: "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!"
Famed stuntman and creature designer Janos Prohaska created and performed the role of the Horta, and later returned as the Mugato and Yarnek the Excalbian.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2001
This episode features the "horta", which I like to call the "giant pepperoni pizza". In this episode, the giant pizza wrecks havoc on the crew and equipment of a mining operation and it's up to Kirk and Spock to set things right.
The story moves along fairly briskly, though the suspense seems a little light and the mystery isn't all that intriguing. Still, the pizza dispatches its share of technicians and redshirts and there are some funny lines uttered by Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and especially McCoy. These actors have, by this time, grown comfortable with their roles, and it shows in a very positive manner.
The best parts are near the end. I don't want to give anything vital, but this episode demonstrates why Star Trek has been considered as ground-breaking television.
Very nice episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryll L. Nelson on June 16, 2008
Star Trek was a wonderful series despite not ever being able to live up to its awesome potential due to serious financial limitations. Granted the special effects don't measure up to today's wowing computer graphics, but the talent of the cast made up for it. How I wish that Paramount had caught the true potential and had committed to it. What a series it would have been!

In this episode, Star Trek was at its best. The tensions between McCoy and Spock in this case, disagreeing over life based on silicon vs carbon. And between Spock and Kirk over the dangers of new beings vs the sanctity of preserving life. Definitely the strength of Star Trek was in the heart of the relationships between the three main characters and their actor counterparts.

This is definitely an episode to acquire and treasure.
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A planet that has so many rare minerals that it is considered a miner's paradise sends a distress call to the Enterprise. Some kind of monster is killing the miners and it appears to be invulnerable to phaser fire. When the Enterprise arrives, the "monster" enters the main reactor and steals a circulation pump, which will cause the reactor to go critical. Since shutting down the reactor will cause the air to cease circulating in the tunnels, this will force the humans off the planet. Scotty is able to rig up a temporary solution so that the hunt for the creature can begin, although it does not last long.

Spock very quickly surmises that the creature is made of silicon, so he modifies their weapons to be more effective against silicon. Kirk and Spock confront it and severely injure it. Spock also determines that it may be the last of its' species, so he argues that they should try to capture it. He is able to make mind-to-mind contact with it and learns that it is called a Horta. The Horta live in the rock and digest it for food. Nearly their entire species experiences a cyclical dying, with only one remaining alive. It cares for the eggs and when the young Horta hatch, the remaining adult Horta cares for them and mothers them. The mother Horta felt forced to instigate the war against the humans when they broke into the hatchery and destroyed thousands of the Horta eggs.

Since the Horta is severely injured and on the verge of dying, Kirk sends for McCoy and tells him to treat the Horta. McCoy responds with, "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer." This has no affect on Kirk, who orders him to cure the Horta. McCoy manages to succeed, announcing that he feels that he may even be able to cure a rainy day.
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The original "Star Trek" television series certainly boasts a number of episodes which are rightly labeled "classics" by fans of science fiction. "The Devil in the Dark," written by Gene L. Coon and directed by Joseph Pevney, is one of the most memorable of those classic shows.
In this installment of the series, the crew of the Starship Enterprise investigates the deaths of a number of workers on a mining colony. They discover the killer to be a frightening creature that can burrow through solid rock as easily as a hot knife through butter. But, this being the "Star Trek" universe, all is not necessarily as it seems, and Captain Kirk's investigation results in a number of stunning revelations.
"The Devil in the Dark" boasts one of the series' most memorable aliens in the "monster" of the title. The episode also features memorable dialogue between principal characters Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. But what makes this show most special is its embodiment of the central "Star Trek" worldview. As our heroes struggle to understand the alien creature which is locked in conflict with the human miners, they uncover truths which are relevant not only in the fictional "Star Trek" universe, but in the "real world" as well.
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By Kevin W. Kunz on August 11, 2010
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The Devil In The Dark. Is the Best of the best!.
I seen all of the "TREKS". Like most shows. once you seen them
one dosn`t want to see them again. The Original Trek
One can watch it again and again. The Devil In The Dark.
One can get hook on it. It is that Watchable.
The Devil In The Dark. Is the Best Episode of the best
Star Trek!. Because, This Episode has it all. Eveything one
likes about Stark Trek is in this Episode. This is a must
have for any fan of the original Star Trek Series!.
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